The answer was simple: Captain Marvel took her box office superpowers and decimated the naysayers.
SUNDAY AM WRITETHRU after Saturday PM Update: Disney is calling the opening weekend of Captain Marvel at $153M, which is the third-best debut in March (after Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at $174.7M and Warner’s Batman v. Superman at $166m), and the seventh-best stateside launch for an MCU title. Out of the top ten openings for March, Disney now owns half of them. Rivals still believe Captain Marvel is much higher, in the $155M-$157M range, so no surprise if she comes in higher.
The film plays Captain Marvel as a true Marvel origin film. There isn’t a love interest angle, and women in the film aren’t there to simply motivate the male characters. Instead, in Captain Marvell highlights the impact of several women; Danvers herself, played by Larson, Mar Vell, played by Annette Benning, and Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch.
Captain Marvel in many ways is a feminist film, with women as leaders, scientists, fighters and superheroes.
National Review, seeing the role that women play, called it “exhausting feminism”:
But what does it say about our culture that influential people take a movie like this — and similar so-called “representations” of women, which, as a reminder, are based on fictional comic-book characters with alien superpowers — so seriously? Perhaps it’s because modern feminism has morphed into a crazed culture of unforgiving, humorless, and ultimately atomized workaholism. But hey, that’s just my theory.
I don’t know if I took it that ‘seriously’ but, um, I did appreciate a pretty solid script with great special effects.
The audience, however, apparently wasn’t exhausted. Conservative youtube Channels like The Quartering, which called for Brie Larson to make public apologies, and denounced Disney for “buying” good reviews for the film, saying Disney was in “damage control” with series of videos apparently may need to check the box office.
Ticket sales made that pretty clear this weekend the only ones in damage control mode are those who pronounced Larson would kill the Marvel Cinematic Universe.